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Faculty Directory

The Center for Gender in Global Context currently has more than 275 affiliated faculty members from throughout MSU's campus, across 17 colleges and more than 65 departments and offices.

The GenCen Faculty Directory can be sorted by Name, College, Department, and GenCen Affiliation. Affiliates can be Core, Consulting, GJEC, or GDG Faculty (some members may be both GJEC/GDG and Core or Consulting). Click here to jump to a short description of our Faculty Affiliations.

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Ronen Steinberg
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: ronens(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Steinberg is a historian of modern Europe. His main areas of interest are the French Revolution, transitional justice, and mass violence. He has published articles on the history of terrorism, transitional justice, trauma and history, and the aftermath of the Reign of Terror. At MSU he teaches the IAH 202: Europe and the World course, and courses on French and European history. In addition, he teaches an upper-level course on the history and theory of genocide, and senior seminars on the legacies of mass violence and on the French Revolution.

Brenda Sternquist
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Advertising and Public Relations
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: sternqui(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Brenda Sternquist, Professor of Marketing at Michigan State University, is a specialist in International Retailing. She has conducted research throughout the world, but particularly focuses on China, India and Japan. This research is summarized in her book, International Retailing 2nd edition published by Fairchild Press, New York in 2007. Her first book focused on the European transition, this book European Retailing's' Borderless World was published by Greenwood Press. Two 2011 books are Retail Strategic International Expansion: Theory and Cases and International Retailing Theory and Research. She has also published more than one hundred research articles. She was selected as the first Outstanding National Retail Educator in 2004. The award is presented by the National Retail Federation, Center for Retail Studies Texas A&M and JC Penney. In 1999 she received the Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest award given at Michigan State University in recognition of an outstanding career in research, teaching and service, and was selected for the Alumnae Club of Mid-Michigan Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1997.

Cris Sullivan
College: Social Science
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: sulliv22(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Sullivan is Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology and Director of the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence at Michigan State University (MSU). She is also a Senior Fellow of MSU's Office on Outreach and Engagement. In addition to her MSU appointments, Dr. Sullivan is the Chair of the Michigan Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, and Senior Research Advisor to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Dr. Sullivan's areas of research expertise include conducting longitudinal, experimental evaluations of community interventions for abused women and their children, improving the community response to gender-based violence, and evaluating victim service programs. Her research has been continually funded since her career began in 1989 (including grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute of Justice), and her work has impacted research, policy and practice. In addition to consulting for local, state, federal and international organizations and initiatives, Dr. Sullivan also conducts workshops on effectively advocating in the community for women with abusive partners, and their children; understanding the effects of domestic abuse on women and children over time; improving system responses to the problem of gender-based violence; and evaluating victim service agencies.

Murari Suvedi
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: suvedi(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Murari Suvedi is a professor in the department of Community, agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies at Michigan State University (MSU) and works in the area of program development and evaluation. Prior to MSU, he worked as lecturer of agricultural extension at the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Nepal for 11 years. He also coordinated the Pilot Extension Program for the Institute to serve the farmers of Nepal. His work has focused on staff development, program planning and evaluation. His current responsibilities include teaching courses on program development and evaluation, conducting evaluative research, and engaging in Extension and international agricultural development programs and activities. He focuses his work on evaluation capacity building by offering short courses to agricultural and rural development professionals, and conducting evaluation of extension programs and initiatives. He has developed a program evaluation training manual and made it globally available online for use by agricultural extension and advisory services professionals. He has conducted evaluations of sustainable agriculture and education programs and leadership development programs, and has conducted educational needs assessments and impact assessments of many extension programs and projects. He works internationally, focusing mainly on food security and agricultural development. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on program development and evaluation. He integrates sustainability as a key principle in his scholarly work.

Janet Swenson
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
Email: jswenson(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Janet Swenson is an Associate Professor in WRAC and Associate Dean of Outreach and Community Engagement in the College of Arts and Letters. She began her career as a middle and high school teacher in Flint Community Schools. She has served as the (co)director of several national projects including Write for Your Life and Project Outreach, as well as such local projects as Red Cedar Writing Project and Project WRITE. Swenson has served on the Executive Committee of NCTE, Chair of the Conference on English Education, and Member of the National Writing Project Task Force. Her current research interests focus on improving the teaching and practice of writing in highly diverse K-12 classrooms.

Maria Tatto
College: Education
Department: Teacher Education
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: mttatto(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Maria Teresa Tatto is an associate professor of teacher education. Her research is characterized by the use of an international-comparative framework to study educational reform and educational policy and their impact on schooling, particularly the role of teachers, teaching, and learning – within varied organizational, economic, political, and social contexts. Her other research interests include the influence of early childhood education on improved knowledge levels for the rural poor, the role of values education on citizenship formation, and the development of effective policies to support the education of children of migrant workers in the U.S. Her work combines the use of quantitative and qualitative approaches and methods. She has done research in Mexico, Sri Lanka, and several countries in Latin America and has served as a consultant to the World Bank and USAID for the governments of the Dominican Republic, Columbia, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru. She is currently the director and principal investigator for the Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics, or TEDS-M.

Terrie Taylor
College: Osteopathic Medicine
Department: Osteopathic Medical Specialties
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: ttmalawi(at)msu.edu

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Biography: An internationally recognized scientist and physician, Taylor spends six months of the year in the African nation of Malawi, conducting malaria research and treating patients, the vast majority of whom are children. She has written numerous papers for scientific journals on various treatments for malaria and she is a member of an Institute of Medicine panel researching anti-malaria drugs. Her most recent accomplishment: Helping to procure an MRI machine for the hospital in which she works; it’s the first MRI unit in the country and will be invaluable for treating patients and conducting research.

Chantal Tetreault
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: tetreau7(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Chantal Tetreault is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist whose recent work has primarily focused on issues of migration and social change in France. Dr. Tetreault's current project addresses the interactional styles whereby French adolescents of Algerian descent construct and express their emergent identities as Arab Muslims and French youth. More generally, her research illuminates how cultural processes of identity construction, primarily relating to gender and ethnicity, are achieved through everyday language use. Professor Tetreault's publications and teaching both challenge naturalized assumptions about the link between identity and language, thereby contributing to new scholarship in linguistic anthropology that rejects the previously common pattern of equating cultural groups and particular language styles.

Veronique Theriault
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: theria13(at)msu.edu

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Veronique Theriault joined the MSU AFRE faculty in September 2011 as a Assistant Professor, International Development after completing her doctorate at the University of Florida. She is working with the Food Security Research Project on campus and intensively on various in-country research and outreach projects. Her areas of interests include development economics, institutional economics, production economics, and international trade in developing countries, especially in West Africa. She has recently conducted research on the effects of institutional changes and market-oriented reforms on the economic performance of cotton sectors in Benin, Burkina Faso, and Mali.

Jakana Thomas
College: Social Science
Department: Political Science
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: thoma977(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jakana Thomas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. She joined the faculty in 2012 after earning her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on conflict resolution in civil war and the characteristics of violent non-state groups. Thomas current projects examine how rebel group war aims affect conflict resolution and the relationship between gender and conflict.


What do our Faculty Affiliations Mean?

Core Faculty have a strong continuing professional focus on issues of women and gender in domestic, international, or global contexts, as demonstrated through research and teaching or other achievements. The Core Faculty supports the activities of GenCen and assists in developing and implementing its programs and activities, and are also eligible to serve on the GenCen Advisory Committee.

Consulting Faculty, while having a professional interest in issues of women and gender in domestic, international, or global contexts and activities of the GenCen, usually do not have these interests as the main focus of their research. 

GDG (Gender, Development and Globalization) Faculty will also be either Core or Consulting Faculty and have specific expertise and interest in gender and international development.

GJEC (Gender, Justice and Environmental Change) Faculty may also be either Core or Consulting Faculty, though that is not a requirement. GJEC Faculty are dedicated to teaching and scholarship related to intersections of gender, environmental change, and social and environmental justice; examining these issues from both local and global perspectives.

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